Sony Touts Direct-Attach Backup System
Sony Electronics' new LAN-free tape backup system, PetaApp, combines its DTF-2 tape drives and its PetaBack software with a direct SCSI or Fibre Channel connection to tape systems instead of using an IP network.Sony Electronics Inc. will introduce a new LAN-free tape backup system next week, officials said on Friday. PetaApp, which will be available immediately, is a combination of Sonys existing Digital Tape Format-2 tape drives and its PetaBack software. By using 24-MB/sec drives and a direct SCSI or Fibre Channel connection to tape systems instead of using an IP network, performance can be enhanced to a theoretical four terabytes an hour, explained Tom Yuhas, general manager and director of Sonys Data System Solutions Group, Business System Solutions. But the PetaApp system is more than just two current products bundled together, said Yuhas, in Park Ridge, N.J. It also has new software for Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) and Standard Network Management Protocol (SNMP), plus a Linux-based terminal server. Thats all shipped turnkey with users choice of an eight- or 16-port 1-GB/sec switch from Brocade Communications Systems Inc., he said.
PetaApp pricing, with labor included, will start with a roughly 7-terabyte system costing about $235,000. Future versions will likely support Sonys future tape formats and the 2-GB/sec switches from San Jose, Calif.-based Brocade, when theyre available.